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We are currently working on two exciting projects to further improve our site facilities.

With the help of the Coop Local Community Fund we are trying to raise money towards three sturdy wooden gazebos to provide shade and shelter as outdoor classrooms.

If you would like to support this project with any purchases made at The Coop Bawtry or Coop Funeral Care in Harworth please use your online membership to donate 1% of your spend to this worthy cause! We have received £132 so far with six months left, so thanks for all your support.

Secondly we have been working with Tesco Bags of Help scheme to raise funds towards further large tepees and other equipment to extend our camping facilities. Thanks to all who supported us in this by voting with the blue tokens at the store entrance.  We were lucky enough to receive £2,000 from this scheme. We have purchased several more tepees, some sleeping bags for children without their own, roll mats and tent pegs. Please see the press release below for further details.

Austerfield Study Centre

bags £2,000 from

Tesco’s community grant scheme

Austerfield Study Centre is delighted to announce it has bagged £2,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £71 million to over 23,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Austerfield Study Centre has been awarded £2,000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

The Big Sleep Out

To provide community groups with the opportunity to spend time camping and playing outdoors, away from tv, computers and the stresses of everyday life.

Voting ran in stores throughout January and February with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

In addition, to mark Tesco’s 100th year, they have announced two special voting rounds, Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants, in summer and winter 2019 with larger grant amounts available over wider geographic regions. Please look online for more information on if they can support your group either through the normal Bags of Help vote or Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants.

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

  • So far Bags of Help has awarded over £71 million to more than 23,000 local community projects.
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  • Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants celebrates 100 years of great value for customers and communities by allowing customers to nominate and vote for community projects to receive funding grants of £25,000, £15,000 or £10,000. It will run in July/August and November/December. For any questions on Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants please call the Tesco press office on 01707 918 701.